Wednesday, July 09, 2008

4th of July weekend

We spent the last six days in the Ft. Worth area with my in-laws. Let me tell you, "real" vacations (somewhere other than visiting family) with small children are overrated. We love being able to put the kids down for naps just a few steps away while still being able to slip off for some adult swim time. (Having extra help with the kids and free food and lodging are nice, too!) And it's hard to beat their black-bottom swimming pool, with it's tropical lagoon feel. The pictures don't let you hear the windchimes and trickling waterfall or feel the breeze, so you'll just have to use your imagination.

Garfield's getting plenty of free rides on his "boat". (Hubby would want me to make sure and mention that he's not really that white--it's just the sun reflecting off his chest.) :)

Emma spent time pulling us around like a tugboat on our rafts. Here she is bravely jumping off the waterfall.
Garfield decided not to be outdone, so he tried the waterfall jump, too, while yelling, "Geromino!" This was quite a feat for our "Caution Boy". Before this trip, his idea of being brave around water was sitting on the edge within splashing distance.

After his brave jumps, he figured he was too cool for the rest of us.

And Elizabeth...well, could she BE any cuter?
We also got to celebrate my mother-in-law's birthday, which is today. Happy birthday, Mom!

And no visit would be complete without one of Papa Del's famous gourmet meals. He made Stuffed Chicken with Mozarella and sun-dried tomatoes, along with Angel Hair pasta in a garlic and red pepper sauce. I'm STILL salivating just thinking about it!

So now we're back... rested, tan, and pleased with how well our trip went. The Lord graciously gave us perfect swimming weather the entire time (while it dumped buckets here in San Antonio). We all miss Beford already, but at the same time I think we're ready to get back to things around here. The kids seemed extra happy playing with their toys today, and while Daddy catches up on work, I'm preparing for another fun weekend of our church's conference and talent show!


Krista said...

family is so beautiful, as are you! I miss you Steph! :)

Amy said...

That backyard looks like a resort! How wonderful!

Mother Hen said...

It doesn't even look hot out. :D

Grafted Branch@Restoring the Years said...

Ahhhhh...windchimes are the best. I can almost hear them.

Cathryn said...

Do you think your in-laws would let us come visit? :) And no, Elizabeth could NOT be any cuter or even I would have to come have a nibble!